I don’t want to answer this as Jay Watts, the pro-life apologetics guy from Life Training Institute if that is ok. If you would grant me just a moment, I would like to answer this question as just Jay Watts a fellow Christian and brother in Christ.” She consented, and what follows is as best as I can remember what I said: “I understand how unnerving and scary this culture can be. How corrosive it can be to faith, and how the challenge of raising children toward Christ can feel overwhelming. As I listened to your question, I thought about how I would talk to my own children about this....
Is the RU-486 method of abortion any less cruel or "humane" than other forms of Abortion? Has abortion become safer and safer for women, undermining the point that abortion is dangerous? If abortion becomes increasingly private and less open to the charges of being gruesome and ugly, do these claims hold up to scrutiny? Does Jessica Valenti misunderstand or misrepresent the pro-life position?
If we have strong privately held convictions, but we do not allow those convictions to lead to any discernible action, then it's as good as meaningless. But yet, this is a praiseworthy "virtue" in our culture?
Things go bad fast. In his book Intellectuals, historian Paul Johnson offered a pejorative definition of intellectuals. He said a certain type of intellectual is a person who loves their ideas more than people.
Imagine our hero wakes up one morning and everything about the way we live our lives is suddenly mysterious. Every understanding of social contracts, personal rights, community responsibilities, etc., slipped from his mind as he slept. He launches into the world with the whole of human relationships existing as a country to be newly discovered. [...]